cognomen

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noun cog·no·men \ käg-ˈnō-mən , ˈkäg-nə- \

Definition of cognomen

plural cognomens or cognomina play \käg-ˈnä-mə-nə, -ˈnō-\
1 :surname; especially :the third of usually three names borne by a male citizen of ancient Rome — compare nomen, praenomen
2 :name; especially :a distinguishing nickname or epithet

cognominal

play \käg-ˈnä-mə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of cognomen in a Sentence

  1. richly deserved the cognomen of Butterfingers

  2. Christopher Columbus is the Latinized cognomen of the navigator who was known to his Spanish crewmates as Cristóbal Colón

Origin and Etymology of cognomen

Latin, irregular from co- + nomen name — more at name



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